Connect with us

GSPN

GECKOS END EAGLES FLAWLESS RECORD

It was a momentous night for the George Washington Geckos soccer team as they demolished the previous undefeated Harvest Eagles Saturday night at the Gecko’s home field in Mangilao.

[useful_banner_manager_banner_rotation banners=55 interval=5 width=200 height=200 orderby=rand]

By Asha Marie Robles

It was a momentous night for the George Washington Geckos as they took out the previous undefeated Harvest Eagles 3-0 Saturday night at the Geckos home field in Mangilao to end the IIAAG regular season.

Head coach for the Geckos Vince Naputi stated, “This moment was the fruits of our labor.” He also stressed that with constant training and practicing they were able to pull off the win and emphasizes how proud he was of his team as it took every single player to keep control of the game from start to finish.

The Geckos started the match off with great control as they held possession of the ball throughout the entire first half. However, the first goal of the game didn’t come until the 30th minute when freshman Xavier Naputi tapped the ball into the net off of a cross from team captain Raymond Mesias.

“It was a great feeling scoring the first goal. I think it really boosted our team’s morale. From there we just continued to put the pressure on and never gave up,” said Xavier Naputi.

(photo by Asha Robles)

(photo by Asha Robles)

After being scored on, the Eagles stepped up their game with whatever little time was remaining in the first half as Sean Evans came close to scoring for his team. Yet, with a strong Gecko defense, Evans chances diminished when the ball was taken away. As time ran out, the Geckos would lead 1-0 at halftime.

The second half started in favor of the Geckos as Hezekiah Cruz received a pass, trapped the ball, and made a hard low shot that found its way into the net in the 46th minute.

Though the Geckos were in the lead 2-0, the Eagles started to control the second half as their ball possession improved and had more shots on goal than the first half. Not only did their offense improve, the Eagles defense put up a battle as the Geckos couldn’t find the back of the net until the end of the match when Ryan Quitugua banked in his penalty kick after a foul happened inside the box. Quitugua’s goal would be the last and leave the Geckos with a 3-0 win over the Eagles.

Geckos head coach Naputi praised the Eagles for a game well played and knew the only way that his team could overcome Harvest was to prepare his boys mentally and physically. “Harvest has some really great players that are also on the nationals team, so knowing how they played gave us some insight on what to prepare ourselves for. We played to our strengths and we were able to capitalize on equalizing the pressure and we actually had good possession on the ball. That was something that was a little different from the start of the season until now.”

(photo by Asha Robles)

(photo by Asha Robles)

Ad

Athletes Birthdays by W5

GPS Sports Calendar

November

December 2021

January
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
Events for December

1st

No Events
Events for December

2nd

Events for December

4th

5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for December

5th

No Events
Events for December

6th

Events for December

7th

Events for December

8th

No Events
Events for December

9th

Events for December

10th

Events for December

11th

12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for December

12th

No Events
Events for December

13th

No Events
Events for December

14th

No Events
Events for December

15th

No Events
Events for December

16th

Events for December

18th

19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for December

19th

No Events
Events for December

20th

No Events
Events for December

21st

No Events
Events for December

22nd

No Events
Events for December

23rd

No Events
Events for December

24th

No Events
Events for December

25th

No Events
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
Events for December

26th

No Events
Events for December

27th

No Events
Events for December

28th

No Events
Events for December

29th

No Events
Events for December

30th

No Events
Events for December

31st

No Events

National Guard Athletes

Scott Eclavea

Scott Eclavea is a jiu-jitsu black belt and an accomplished MMA fighter. The Guard has given him an outlet in combatives to display his martial art skills, where he’s become a head instructor for that program. Eclavea has served since coming out of high school and the Guard has only changed his life for the better.

 

Polls

Which high school sports rivalry is bigger?

View Results

COMING SOON …

LIVE FOOTBALL ON GSPN

Semifinals: #1 FD vs. #4 Southern (Friday 7 pm)

 

GSPN Preseason Basketball Tournament

 

QUICK HITS

Robert Artero Maley recently captured the 182-lb. division of the Costa Mesa Classic, winning via pin in 4 out of 5 matches. Robert is a 4-year varsity wrestler at San Clemente HS (Tritons) and is currently ranked 15th in California’s high school scene. He is the son of Jacque Artero Maley (AOLG 1991).
——————————————–
Pat Taitano and Rich Abiador, teammates on the 1995 SPG volleyball team, have led their high school girls volleyball teams to the Washington State Championships in Yakima, Wa.
Taitano coaches Mt. Rainier High while Abiador leads North Creek High.
There for support is Dr. Mark Perez, a health professor at Central Washington University and a former UOG volleyball player.

 

 

 

More in GSPN